Manacor, Mallorca's second city located about 10km from the eastern coast, may not boast obvious tourist attractions, but its charming narrow streets behind the church offer a delightful taste of everyday Mallorcan life. The local church, Esglesia dels Delors de Nostra Senyora, with its distinctive minaret-style tower, is a must-visit, showcasing an intriguing figure of Christ and a rich history.
On the same square, the Palace Tower or Torre del Palau stands as the sole remnant of the old Royal Palace, once the residence of King Jaume II. The Torre de ses Puntes, dating from the 13th to the 15th centuries, has been lovingly restored and now serves as a cultural center for art and photography exhibitions.
To admire beautiful architecture, take a leisurely stroll in Sa Bassa, where historic mansions from the 17th to the 19th centuries line the streets and host the bustling Saturday morning market. Don't miss the Convent of Sant Vincenç Ferrer, with its enchanting arcaded cloister and rectory.
For those willing to venture a few kilometers east to the coast, Porto Cristo offers an array of impressive cave systems to explore. The Cuevas del Drach, among Mallorca's top attractions, stand out for their underground lake and even feature a classical music concert and boat trip during the hour-long tour. Manacor may be understated, but its cultural gems and nearby natural wonders promise an enriching Mallorcan experience.
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